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Easter Monday in New Zealand

Easter Monday is a statutory public holiday in New Zealand. It is on the Monday after Easter Sunday, in which Christians remember Jesus Christ's resurrection.

Easter egg hunts - a popular activity for kids.
Easter egg hunts - a popular activity for kids.
©iStockphoto.com/René Mansi

What Do People Do?

In New Zealand, Easter Monday is the last day of a four-day weekend, which includes Good Friday. Many people return from short trips out of town, while others relax at home. Many families take part in an Easter egg hunt and other Easter related activities. Chocolate eggs are especially popular to eat. Some churches hold special Easter Monday services.

Public Life

Easter Monday is a public holiday in New Zealand so schools, government offices and many businesses are closed.


Easter Monday, the day after Jesus' resurrection, used to be regarded as unlucky and was therefore known as Black Monday. These days it is a day off for many countries, including New Zealand. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.


For people with strong Christian beliefs, the Cross, on which Jesus was crucified, and the Resurrection are important symbols of the period around Easter. Other symbols of Easter include real eggs or eggs manufactured from a range of materials, nests, lambs and rabbits or hares. Sometimes these symbols are combined, for example, in candy models of rabbits with nests full of eggs. Eggs, rabbits, hares and young animals are thought to represent the re-birth and return to fertility of nature in the spring.

About Easter Monday in other countries

Read more about Easter Monday.

Easter Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
MonApr 52010Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 252011Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 92012Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 12013Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 212014Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 62015Easter MondayNational holiday
MonMar 282016Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 172017Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 22018Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 222019Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 132020Easter MondayNational holiday

Quick Facts

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a public holiday in New Zealand.

Easter Monday 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Monday 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017


Name in other languages

Easter MondayEnglish
Annen påskedagNorwegian

Alternative name

Andre påskedag

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in March 2016 in New Zealand

Fun Holiday on March 28, 2016

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